Straight up, that’s some race

AROUND 200 people will converge on El Ejido for the fourth edition of the Carrera Vertical race on Saturday June 20.
There are three different versions of the race but all require contestants to climb the 28 flights of stairs of Torre Laguna.
There will be an against-the-clock race for firemen only, another against the clock for all-comers as well as a third version that includes a six-kilometre circuit inside the town.
“The challenge promotes sport as a leisure and health option and has gained in popularity and contestants each year,” said Sports councillor Jose Andres Cano.
There were already 30 entrants for the firemen’s against-the-clock race, he confirmed earlier this week.
There will be runners from all over Spain and last year’s winner, Cristian Lopez from Toledo, who climbed the 28 storeys in three minutes and two seconds, confirmed that he would be participating.
The race begins in the Bulevar adjoining the tower block, continues through the hall of the building and up the 28 flights of stairs. A giant screen in the hall will relay the race via cameras positioned on each floor and at the finishing line, giving the time and classification of each runner.

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